Senior tourney: Valley survives eight errors, beats South Mountain

June 26, 2012|By KYLE RAIOS | Staff Correspondent

CHEWSVILLE — Despite eight fielding errors, the Valley Senior League All-Stars managed to fight back and take an 11-7 victory from South Mountain in the opening round of the Maryland District 1 Tournament.

Valley will travel to Maugansville on Thursday night at 5:30 for the winners’ bracket final. South Mountain will travel to Conococheague for a losers’ bracket semifinal at the same date and time.

South Mountain struck the first blow against Valley. Andrew Violet walked with one out, advanced to third on an infield error and scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.

South Mountain made it 3-0 in the second. Anthony Bizzel hit a leadoff single to right and went to third on a Valley error that allowed Jacob Cline to reach first. Cline stole second before another Valley error let Bizzel score. Cline scored two batters later on a groundout.

Valley managed a run in the bottom of the second. Dylan Durning walked and went all the way to third on Kyle Bywaters’ groundout before scoring on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 3-1.

Valley struck again in the third when Brian Tracey hit a two-strike pitch well over the left-field fence, closing the gap 3-2.

South Mountain doubled its lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth. Casey Strunk walked to start the inning, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Clayton Myers’ sacrifice fly to center scored Strunk.

The momentum shifted in Valley’s direction in the bottom of the fourth.

Mike Burgess walked and went to second on Joseph Forti’s single. A sacrifice bunt by Hunter Martin put the runners in scoring position. Quentin Zimmerman drove in Burgess on a single to left and Forti scored on Josh Miller’s fielder’s choice when the catcher thought there was a force play at the plate and failed to tag out Forti, allowing Zimmerman to get to third as Valley tied the game at 4.

Miller stole second, Tracey walked and a bases-loaded wild pitch advanced all runners as Zimmerman scored to give Valley its first lead, 5-4. Miller scored on Anthony Morton’s groundout and Tracey came home on a wild pitch to make it 7-4 before a strikeout put an end to Valley’s rally.

Travis Stone scored for South Mountain in the fifth to make it 7-5, but Mike Burgess got the run back in the bottom half by hitting a one-out double and eventually scoring on a wild pitch.

Valley padded its lead to 11-5 in the sixth, including a two-run single by Stevie Clapper.

Cline hit a two-run homer in the seventh for South Mountain to make it 11-7, but Valley’s Burgess closed out the win.

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